Petit Douy, the little chateau perched on an oolitic limestone outcropping at the corner of Brickell Avenue and SW 15th Road, which for years has silently stood sentinel is alive with construction activity as it begins a new life. Commercial real estate developers Mast Capital are restoring and converting Petit Douy to restaurant and hospitality space, and in the process of leasing out with Michael Comras as broker. Proposed site plans made up by by perhaps Miami's most prominent historic preservation architect, Richard Heisenbottle, in the marketing materials show a layout for a private club and restaurant, and reveal an effort to find just the right tenant for the very special Douy. Built in 1931 as a private house, the design by architect Martin L. Hampton was patterned after the Priory St. Julienne in Douy, France, according to its historical designation report (warning: PDF), which also says, incredibly, that "Petit Douy is Miami's only known French chateau." Yep, it's just that special.
· 1500 Brickell Avenue [Comras Company]
· Petit Douy [Miami Historic Preservation]